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RI News
9:22 am
Fri November 21, 2014

"Operation Holiday Cheer" Sending Hundreds Of Care Pacakges To Overseas Troops

Lieutenant Government Elizabeth Roberts is hosting a care package drive this weekend to support Rhode Island soldiers. The initiative “Operation Holiday Cheer” is sending 350 care packages to soldiers serving overseas this holiday season.  Anyone can bring donations to the Rhode Island National Guard Armory this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spokesperson Maria Tocco said donations of simple things like powdered drink mix, coffee syrup, beef jerky, and batteries are received with gratitude by the troops.

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RI News
11:13 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Ex-USS Saratoga Leaves Newport Naval Station

The ex-USS Saratoga was pulled out of the Newport Naval Station Thursday morning. It's headed to Texas.
Credit Newport Naval Station

The decommissioned USS Saratoga has left the Newport Naval Station. The weather finally cleared for the ship’s departure for 8:45am Thursday.

The Saratoga is heading down the eastern seaboard and around the tip of Florida to Brownsville, Texas where it will be pulled apart for scrap.

The 1950’s aircraft carrier was decommissioned 20 years ago. An effort failed to turn it into a museum and it sat in Newport for sixteen years.

Naval Station spokeswoman Lisa Rama said the Saratoga’s departure has left a hole in the landscape.

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Military
9:06 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Rhode Island National Guard Troops Returning Home

A large group of Rhode Island National guardsmen is set to return from deployment Thursday and Friday.

About 120 members of the Air National Guard will return home; arriving at Quonset Point over the next two days. They’re members of the 143rd Airlift Wing unit, who’ve been stationed in South West Asia. They’ve been deployed for as many as six months, working as pilots, aircraft maintenance crews and support staff.

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Politics
12:12 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Sen. Reed Seeks To Preserve RI Naval And Sub Spending

Sen. Jack Reed (RI-D) serves on the armed services committee.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Sen. Jack Reed has begun reviewing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s proposed military budget. Reed is a member of the senate Armed Services Committee, which will play a role in passing legislation to enact the budget. He says he’s looking carefully for ways to balance the need to trim spending while ensuring the nation’s military can meet the new kinds of security threats it may face in the future.

For example, Reed says he hopes to maintain funding for Rhode Island-based military research.

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RI News
8:48 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Area Restaurants Thank Veterans With Free Meals

Fire Ice restaurant was one of several to offer free meals to vets on Veterans Day.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Throughout the state Monday there were parades and wreath-laying ceremonies to honor the veterans who have passed away.  For the living there were free meals at several local restaurants.

Fire and Ice Restaurant at Providence Place Mall has been serving up free meals to veterans on Veterans Day for the past three years. This year, they expanded the freebie to include immediate family members as well. Restaurant manager Brian Ahlquist said it’s their way of saying thanks to those who have served out country in uniform.

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Education
8:56 am
Mon November 11, 2013

RI Veteran Transitions From Military To Student Life At URI

Credit RIPR FILE

On this Veterans Day we meet Donald Ruggieri.  He served five years in the Marine Corps, and was deployed to Iraq as an explosives dog handler.

He continued that work state-side, working with the secret service on missions for both President Bush and President Obama.

Ruggieri is not only a veteran, but also a student at URI where he is studying to become a veterinarian. 

Ruggieri spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio’s education reporter Elisabeth Harrison.

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RI News
8:58 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Pawtucket To Honor Local Fallen Soldier

The city of Pawtucket is getting ready to honor a local soldier who was killed in Afghanistan, Sergeant Dennis Poulin.

Massachusetts Army National Guard specialist Dennis Poulin grew up in Pawtucket.  He died two years ago in Germany, where he was evacuated after his vehicle overturned. He was 26.

Next Monday, Veterans Day, a memorial honoring his life will be held at the entrance to Slater Park in Pawtucket. 

Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien will join Poulin’s mother, Doris, relatives and others to dedicate a stone monument.

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RI News
9:08 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Sixth Rhode Islander Lost in The War On Terror

Six Rhode Islanders have died in military action since the start of the 'War on Terror'
Credit RIPR FILE

Rhode Island has lost a sixth soldier to the war on terrorism. The Rhode Island  National Guard has announced the death of Staff Sergeant Timothy McGill in Afghanistan.

Sergeant McGill lived in Ramsey, New Jersey but was a member of the Rhode Island National Guard.  He was assigned to company A 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces.  He was killed Saturday from wounds received by small arms fire in eastern Afghanistan.

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RI News
8:23 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Reed: the U.S. Military Needs to Intervene In Syria

Sen. Reed says military action would tell Syria use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated by global community.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Senator Jack Reed says the United States needs to send Syria a clear message that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated. Reed’s comments came one day after Secretary of State John Kerry said there was – quote – “undeniable” proof that the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own citizens last week, killing hundreds of civilians. 

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The Pulse
12:00 am
Tue September 11, 2012

The health costs of post-9/11 wars

On this solemn anniversary, an update on the terrible costs of war, including the toll on veterans’ and their families’ lives, from the Brown University-based “Costs of War” project. The ongoing project taps academics of all stripes to tally up the myriad costs of post-9/11 wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations, from the invisible and previously unaccounted for costs to taxpayers to the vastly under-reported costs in civilian lives, economies, and environments.

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